The St. Francis Xavier Youth Choir sings at their parish Christmas pageant last year. They will be singing a musical on the life of St. Francis Xavier on Aug 7 this year. Photo by Stefan Tan

Musical on life of St. Francis Xavier to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Church  of St. Francis Xavier

SINGAPORE – The award-winning St. Francis Xavier Youth Choir will be staging “The Call” at the Victoria Concert Hall on Aug 7, 2009. This is the choir’s third musical and it is being performed to celebrate the parish’s 50th anniversary.

“The Call” focuses on God’s call to St. Francis Xavier, and on the saint’s inner struggles, victories and setbacks as a trail-blazing missionary. The producers say that the musical will help the audience develop a better appreciation of the Patron Saint for Missionaries.

Resident conductor Denis Leong will lead the choir through an evening of newly-composed musicals and motets from the various musical periods. In addition, the Christus Laudate Voce Choir of the Church of the Risen Christ will perform a guest item.

Archbishop Nicholas Chia will attend as the guest-of-honour.

The producers say that “The Call” will break new ground in many aspects:

– Firstly, parishioners have already pledged more than 150 tickets for the less-fortunate and for the choir’s adopted charities.

– Secondly, choir members underwent special retreat sessions to discover their own calling and they enlisted more than 25 consecrated people to devote the month of July to specially pray for their sanctification.

– Thirdly, choir members will go beyond their musical involvement to take on responsibility for publicity, set-design, wardrobe planning and choreography, in an effort to develop “home” talent.

The musical is strongly supported by the various parish and youth organisations.

Profits from this musical will go to the parish’s Mission Fund, which helps to defray the costs incurred by youths going abroad for missionary activity.

Tickets, priced at $15 each, can be purchased via sfxthecall@ gmail.com

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